Min­istry re­view­ing walk­ing tracks

Te Puke Times - - Rural News & View -

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) has be­gun a re­view of the Walk­ing Ac­cess Act 2008.

MPI will be as­sess­ing the act and whether it still pro­vides the ac­cess needed to New Zealand’s out­doors — land, bush, moun­tains, rivers, coasts and ar­eas of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance.

“New Zealand is lucky to have such beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral re­sources all around us,” says MPI di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­ni­ties Char­lotte Denny.

“New Zealan­ders love to get out­doors and want to have ac­cess to a range of places to walk, bike, hunt, swim, surf and boat, whether in town, in ru­ral ar­eas or fur­ther afield.

“Un­der the act a re­view must be un­der­taken af­ter 10 years. Our re­view will look at whether the act is fit for the fu­ture, and what im­prove­ments are needed.

“As part of the re­view, we’ll be meet­ing with a num­ber of stake­hold­ers in De­cem­ber 2018 do some early scop­ing of what the is­sues are, and con­sult with the pub­lic in April/may 2019 to get their views on th­ese is­sues,” Ms Denny says.

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